NEWS HCC Chancellor retires

After six-plus historic years of accomplishment at Houston Community College and more than 30 years in academia at esteemed educational institutions across the country, Dr. Mary Spangler has made the decision to retire from academia and her current role as Chancellor of Houston Community College.

“We are fortunate to have been so positively impacted by her visionary leadership and record of accomplishment,” shared Bruce Austin, HCC Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Dr. Spangler’s career has been marked by one success after another. And, her HCC years have been marked by record growth in enrollment, student accomplishment, college expansion, and philanthropic support. Under her leadership, the college has increased its reach locally, as well as across the state, nation and globe. While she has chosen to leave her role, her tenure will undoubtedly remain one of the most important and brightest spots in our 41-year history.”

Among her many accomplishments while chancellor at HCC, Spangler was responsible for the rebranding of the institution, the dramatic positive change in public perception, the passage of an important bond initiative as well as two historic annexation elections to expand HCC’s influence in the community.

“It has been a professional and personal privilege to lead HCC during this important time in its and our history,” said Dr. Mary Spangler. “We have created an institution that is unrivaled when it comes to opportunity, relevance and being essential. I have truly loved this institution, the city, our students and most of all, the 4,000 professional men and women who comprise our faculty and staff. While I will deeply miss all those inside and outside the college with whom I have had the privilege to work, I could not be more excited about all that is ahead for me in my retirement.”

Because her decision to leave is so recent, the board will now begin to discuss the process to identify a world-class educational leader to assume the role of chancellor of one of the largest and most respected community colleges in the country. The timing and process will be defined and clearly articulated to the public to ensure a professional and transparent search process.

Renee Byas, HCC’s general counsel, who has served as acting chancellor since January 2013, will continue running the day-to-day operations of the institution until further notice. 

HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu<http://hccs.edu>.

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